Skipton’s long-established furniture and furnishings store, The Home Company, has re-opened its doors after a flood which left the shop two feet under water and with more than £50,000 worth of damage.
The store was closed for two and a half weeks after flash flooding swept through the building, leaving a trail of havoc in its wake.
Owner Andrew Mear received a late-night phone call after neighbours spotted water pouring into the shop at High Corn Mill, following a week of torrential rain which was then compounded by blocked drains.
Andrew said: “I was called out to the mill at 10pm following concerns from neighbours but it was too late – the showroom was already under water. A lot of stock was ruined and damage to the store building itself was extensive.
“Thankfully Peter Howlett from the neighbouring Frame Shop managed to clear the drains and prevent even more damage, for which we are very grateful. We would also like to thank Jo from Studio 13 for also helping with the clear up. Since then, the team of five working at The Home Company has worked incredibly hard to clean up and get everything back up and running.”
More than half of the stock held at the store is being replaced and the showroom itself has been fully redecorated and flooring throughout replaced.
store manager Linda Lee said: “We’re very grateful for the support of the local community and their understanding and patience while the store was closed at the end of October/early November.
“Everyone pulled together to clean up and sort the store and we’re pleased to announce that the shop is now open for business. We hope to see all our loyal customers – and new faces too – very soon.”